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Username Post: '62 Heater Core Removal w/Factory Air        (Topic#352263)
junky 
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07-31-18 12:19 PM - Post#2741570    

Still trying to get caught up on all the rebuilding / restoration projects on my '62 BelAir Wagon with factory air. Today, I removed the heater hoses from the heater core nipples, and one of the nipples is crushed. Looks like the previous person to work on the car, must have used a plier to remove the old rubber, and they put 2 clamps on the hose to stop the leak. I will now need to replace the damaged part, and was wondering if there are any "tricks" to getting the heater core out, that are not mentioned in the Factory Service Manual.
I am also going to be removing the air conditioning box on the fire wall, and the FSM says to remove the front right fender to access all the bolts. I was thinking of removing the hood, and then the hood hinge, and the hinge bracket. Will this give me enough "clearance to pull the a/c box from the firewall, or does the fender have to come off?
Thanks Junk

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Carl1962 
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07-31-18 12:45 PM - Post#2741578    
    In response to junky

This might help Junky, I had to remove my heater core and wrote a procedure for it.

https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t...

Cheers, Carl.

1962 SS Impala Sports Coupe

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Tri5man 
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07-31-18 01:08 PM - Post#2741581    
    In response to Carl1962

Junky, sounds like the perfect time to install a Vintage Air Sure Fit Gen lV system. Thats what I have in both my 63 Belair and Impala. Works far better then the original factory A/C in my 62 Impala wagon with its 65 year old technology and oil slinging A6 compressor.

Gary



 
pvs409 
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07-31-18 02:57 PM - Post#2741596    
    In response to junky

The fender, hood and inner fender can stay on the car. Carl’s instructions are really good for your original 1962 Belair wagon ambulance. If I recall your are restoring it to factory original condition.
I just installed a new factory 61/62 air heater core by placing the original factory air ends/mounts on a new core at my local radiator shop for $ 96 including the new exact match (for size) heater core.

I have 2 factory air 1962’s, they work great, finishing a 3rd 1962 factory air 62 ( a SS 409 Convertible ) right now. I did some updates to the factory air systems in all 3 62’s that had minimal cost with operational benefits ( the updates came from Old Air Products in Texas).

Paul

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62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4
62 ImpHT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
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junky 
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07-31-18 05:44 PM - Post#2741621    
    In response to pvs409

I was cruising right along, and got the old heater core out, and was going to be putting the new one in, that I had reconditioned and a rebuilt water shut off valve, when everything came to a screeching halt. The core that I previously had repaired in anticipation of this changeover, is stamped 60 G and the core that came out of my car is stamped 62 C. They both look alike, except that the 60 G core is about an inch longer. I checked the steel part that the core is attached to, and it is also longer than the one in my car. This leads me to believe that Chevrolet made a change somewhere in the 1962 production. After consulting with my parts book, I find that there is a 1st & 2nd design for the 1962. The first design (1961-62) is 12 41/64" O.L., and the second design is 10 27/32" in overall length. Tomorrow I will drop off the heater core from my car, and with any luck, they will be able to put either a new nipple on it, or repair the damaged one.

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junky 
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07-31-18 05:50 PM - Post#2741624    
    In response to pvs409

I need to get the air conditioning parts out of the cowl, so I can clean and replace all the mechanical parts, and the hoses. I am keeping the car all original, with the exception of the new rubber hoses will be barrier hose, since that is all that is available today. It will continue to look original, with the exception of the markings on the hoses themselves. I hope that by removing the hinge and the hinge box, I can get everything out, without removing the fender. Seems that for every step forward with this car, I take 2 steps backwards. The engine / transmission rebuild along with freshening up everything else, keeps getting more convoluted as I work toward completion. I was hoping to be driving the car by now, but at this rate, it won't be till next spring.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Tri5man 
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08-01-18 09:07 AM - Post#2741680    
    In response to junky

I've never heard anyone ever say this old car restoration is easy. If it was everyone would be doing it.

Gary



 
62chevy427 
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08-01-18 12:11 PM - Post#2741693    
    In response to junky

it will have to be removed to get the evaporator housing out.
personally i would keep the factory unit. i think it looks better than the aftermarket units.
the one in my 62 will cool me even at 95* outside.
i am still running r12 in it.

56 bel air ((since 2002)
62 impala ss (since 1965)
65 el camino (since 1969)
66 nova (since 1987)
67 malibu convertible (since 1981)
72 el camino ss454 (since 1985)
83 gmc 4wd (since 1991)
95 impala (new)
14 camaro (new)


 
Andy4639 
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08-01-18 03:55 PM - Post#2741720    
    In response to 62chevy427

My vote is to keep the stock AC stuff. They work fine then and now if you take care of them. Mine in the 64 has been converted to 134 A and it works just fine. It will run 38* all day long no matter what outside temp is.


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1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
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junky 
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08-02-18 02:47 PM - Post#2741803    
    In response to junky

Today, in anticipation of installing all the reconditioned A/C parts that I had done a while ago, I removed the hood hinge, hinge box, and the front right tire. With all that out of the way I was able to get to all the bolts and screws. Due to some missing hardware, I could see that someone had their hands in there before.
Got the old A/C box out, and cleaned it with simple green, and blew out all the pine needles, leaves, and other debris. With everything cleaned, it was time to start reassembling with all the new parts. I got out the Throttle Suctioning Valve, only to find that when it was restored, they reassembled in up side down. Called the vendor, and was told to send pictures, and to mail it back to them for "repair". Looks like it will be another week to 10 days before I will be able to complete this project.





Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
Carl1962 
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08-03-18 03:13 AM - Post#2741841    
    In response to junky

Looks like the top half needs to be clocked 180 degrees.

Cheers, Carl.

1962 SS Impala Sports Coupe

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junky 
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08-03-18 12:05 PM - Post#2741880    
    In response to Carl1962

That is it exactly. I asked if it could be done in the field, and was told that there are springs inside that are difficult to set properly, and it would be best to send it back to them. With any luck, I will get it back next week.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 




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